Yes, I have the Islanders winning the East Division. They should absolutely be in the top-four of the division, one that should be tightly packed. Philadelphia might be the Islanders biggest competition to the division crown this year.
With Washington and Boston getting another year older, and with Boston losing key defensemen I’m not sure they’re going to be the juggernaut that we’ve been used to the last couple of seasons.
To me, Colorado and Tampa Bay are the clear cut best teams in the league right now. Yes, there will be the Devon Toews storyline all year long for the Islanders, but I have them losing to Vegas in the second round before the Golden Knights take on the Islanders in the final four.
Unfortunately, I have the Isles season coming to a close for the second year in a row a round before the Stanley Cup Final. To me, Vegas is the more complete team and I think they finally get over the hump this year on the back of Robin Lehner (my Vezina winner).
Would it be stunning if the Islanders won The Cup? No, they’re absolutely one of the teams who could be in the mix to hoist the Stanley Cup in 2021. In my opinion, they’ll have to wait before they can hoist number five.